Whitney An Extortion Target??

Newly released FBI files show late singer Whitney Houston was the target of extortion in the early 1990s.  The case, which was apparently closed without prosecution, is among 128 pages of documents the investigative bureau collected on Houston throughout her career.  According to "USA Today," a 1992 letter marked "extortion" was sent to Houston's New Jersey offices by a woman who demanded 100-thousand dollars in exchange for her silence about "certain details" of the star's "private life."  The documents show that Houston told agents during an interview that she considered the woman "a friend" and "did discuss personal things" with her.  The case was declared closed shortly after the singer's father, John Houston, sent a confidentiality agreement along with a sum of money that has been blacked out in the FBI documents. 

Fan mail, including letters from obsessed admirers, is also included in the files.  The FBI took hold of several letters that raised concern.  A series of letters from one writer expressed frustration with the singer's lack of response to the 70 plus letters he says he sent her.  One in the series read, in part, "It scares me that I might come up with some crazy or stupid or really dumb idea that might be as bad or even worse than that... I might hurt someone with some crazy idea."  The FBI documents were released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.  Houston died last year at the age of 48.